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Travel Dilemma

We love Syria. I used to take trips around Syria with a group of archaeologists; we stayed weird places and saw the most remote and obscure places just to see them, just to see what we could see. It was so much fun; Syria is so beautiful. We most often went there in winter, and I remember how COLD it could be, even into April.

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We requested visas weeks ago. No visas. This week we got a state department advisory saying travel in Syria was not advisable because of the embassy incident that happened in September 2006 – like over a year ago. Yeh, right. It couldn’t be that travel there is riskier because of the recent Israeli incursion?

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Adventure Man suggested maybe we go to Paris, thinking Paris would make it all better. Then Morocco, knowing I also love Morocco. I am thinking maybe Larnaca, maybe Salalah, maybe Beirut. There is a part of me that is still hoping the visas will come through and I don’t want to commit to anything else. Aaaarrrrrgggghhhhhhhh!

October 11, 2007 - Posted by | Adventure, Bureaucracy, ExPat Life, Political Issues, Travel

18 Comments »

  1. J’adore Paris et Beyrouth!!!
    Hope you have a good trip where ever you end up! šŸ™‚

    Comment by chirp (boredq80) | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  2. PARIS!

    Comment by chikapappi | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  3. I love Syria too- in the winter. Been there several times. Hope your visas come through.

    Comment by harmonie22 | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  4. I don’t know, hope it works out. Come to Turkey, I’ll meet u there šŸ™‚

    Comment by Elijah | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  5. i was gonna suggest istanbul but elijah beat me to it. šŸ˜›

    Comment by sknkwrkz | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  6. Chirp – I adore Paris in the winter, when there aren’t so many crowds. Haven’t had a chance yet to adore Beirut, but maybe soon!

    Chikapappi – OK! I’ve registered your vote! šŸ˜‰

    Harmonie22 – Thanks, me too!

    Hmmmm, Elijah, Turkey . . .somehow that wasn’t on the radar, but why not?

    Skunk, so you’re voting with Elijah? Are you still thinking about setting up business in Turkey?

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Paris Paris Paris!!! (the country, i mean)

    Comment by Swair | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  8. “(the country, i mean)” *dying laughing* Meet ya there!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  9. Paris and Beirut are too common. I prescribe Amalfi and Algarve to you. A friend of a friend just got back from Zanzibar and is thrilled to bits he decided to go there!

    Comment by born again protestant in Rome | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  10. What about Jordan?

    Comment by aop | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  11. Intlxpatr I am writing to you from the Eternal Damascus. I couldn’t have picked a better time to come here. The city is absolutely encaptivating and the weather is divine. I spent the entire day just taking shots (here, there and everywhere). I’ll do a comprehensive post when I am back.

    About the embassy warning, the country is absolutely safe. I’ve never felt this safe in my entire life walking at 4.40 in the morning around the old city with no company but my own shadow and the smell of the early morning breathe.

    I really hope your visas get through and you’ll be able to come here.

    P.S: If you do come here add two more MUST-SEE places to your list of recommendations: A’al Bal and Oxigen (both in Bab Toma).

    PPS: šŸ˜€

    Comment by kinano | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  12. Born Again – My husband and I LOVE Zanzibar. Great suggestion! We stay at Mnemba Island and at the Serena in Stone Town, or Emerson and Green, when we can get in. We’re going to be checking today on what we can find at the last minute, and that is what my husband wants to do. And for Zanzibar . . . I am SOOOOOOOOOOO easy!

    Never been to the other two – what are the attractions?

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  13. aop – we love Jordan! We lived there for two years. I would love to go back, but there are other places I haven’t seen. Also, I think the planes are PACKED with people heading home for Eid out of Kuwait – lots of Jordanians here!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  14. Dear Kinano – Oh! I am so happy you are there! And I can hear the happiness in your voice!

    I looked up Safita several days ago on GoogleEarth – what a gorgeous location. And – near Tartus!

    I have a bad feeling we are not very welcome right now, but once we get the visas, (if they give us visas) maybe we will have a window of opportunity. I told our “fixer” to tell them that I made a substantial contribution to the Syrian economy when I used to shop there, and they should welcome me back!

    Enjoy your time, and Eid Mabruk!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  15. chou chou did you get the visas?

    I don’t like Cave du Baal, but Oxygene is lovely and very Damascene šŸ™‚ and both are near my favorite, al-Dar.

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | October 12, 2007 | Reply

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